The yellow and black robot dog is a part of Boston Dynamic’s Spot series. It has a long, headless rectangular body and four legs that mimic the shape of a canine’s with knee-like “joints” that bend backward.
“Local celebrity,” he wrote in the caption. “Y’all … please know it was being controlled by a guy off-camera, it wasn’t just wandering the city.”
In the clip, the robot walked up to the vehicle. When human bystanders spoke to it, it directed its attention toward them, walked backwards, paused, then continued its stroll into the night.
“Hello, friend,” one of the car passengers says to the robot as if it were a puppy. “Oh my god. I love you. I love you so much. Oh my god.”
Spot is available for sale in Canada and Europe. The robot is designed to go where other robots can’t because it can climb stairs and traverse difficult terrain making it useful for addressing tasks indoors and in remote locations.
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